The 22-year-old began Arsenal’s conflict with Vitoria Guimaraes on the Emirates on Thursday night time, however was substituted at half-time after a below-par displaying within the first 45 minutes.
Playing within the centre of midfield, somewhat than the right-back slot he held for a lot of final season, Maitland-Niles was culpable for the Portuguese aspect’s second aim, giving the ball away in the midst of the pitch within the build-up.
Keown sees the issue as psychological, with Maintland-Niles displaying his ‘lazy’ and ‘sloppy’ aspect on Thursday night time.
‘[Hector] Bellerin is enjoying in his most popular place [right-back] tonight, [Calum] Chambers has taken his berth within the Premier League.
‘He looked like he was feeling sorry for himself tonight and there’s no time for that from as skilled footballer.
‘Maitland-Niles is all at sea [for the second goal], it’s a laziness and a sloppiness.
‘The player has got great ability but he’s losing his expertise for the time being.’
The versatile teen has began six Premier League video games for the Gunners this season, however was out of the group as they misplaced 1-Zero at Sheffield United on Monday night time.
Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Sunday night time and he could wrestle to get his place within the group again, if Gunners boss Unai Emery shares Keown’s evaluation of him.
Maitland-Niles spoke earlier this month in regards to the growth of his attacking abilities beneath assistant first-team coach Freddie Ljungerg this season.
‘There’s fairly a number of issues [I have learnt from Ljungberg] actually,’ stated the Arsenal man. ‘He knows me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my recreation rather a lot.
‘Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two totally different types that I’ve to play. Him personally, he’s pulled me to the aspect rather a lot and has proven me totally different strategies and methods of beating gamers, methods of crossing the ball and taking pictures.
‘It’s serving to me and I’m pleased to have him round as a result of he’s such an enormous determine within the group.’